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Donald Lopes

CASTRO VALLEY, CA, US | Member Since 2003

ratings
25
REVIEWS
13
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
43

  • Portrait of a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1316)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (967)

    Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.

    jb says: "Superb New Volume in Silva's Gabriel Allon Series"
    "Narrator Big Problem"
    Overall

    This may have been a fine novel unfortunately I will ever know. The narration was so poor that I could only pick up 50% of the dialogue. This type of gross inadequacy should result in a refund.

    18 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Season: Alex McKnight #7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    On a cold, miserable night in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, an antique wooden boat runs full-speed into a line of old railroad pilings in the shallow waters of Waishkey Bay. When Alex McKnight helps rescue the passengers, he finds three men. The driver is out cold, the other two are dazed but conscious. When they're all finally back on dry land and sent away in an ambulance, Alex figures he'll never see them again. He couldn't be more wrong.

    A User says: "easy to listen to"
    "No Second Amendment"
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    What would have made A Stolen Season better?

    I am tired of paying for books that are supposed to be mysteries but turnout to be political positions. This is the case with Stolen Season. Throughout the book the evils of hand guns is pushed. The ending of the book could be a speech given by the anti-gun lobby president.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gabor Maté
    • Narrated By Daniel Maté
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    In When the Body Says No, physician and writer Gabor Maté explores the mind-body link and the connection between stress and disease. Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there a relationship between the ability to express emotions and Alzheimer’s disease? Is there such a thing as a “cancer personality”? Drawing on scientific research and years of experience as a practicing physician, Maté provides answers to these and other important questions.

    Donald Lopes says: "For Those with a Ph. D. in science only"
    "For Those with a Ph. D. in science only"
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    What disappointed you about When the Body Says No?

    Dust off your Ph. D. in chemistry if you purchase this book. The book is not for your average reader or even readers with advance degrees unless they are in the sciences. Please do not spend money on a book that, although well written, is outside the knowledge boundaries of most people. On the other hand, if this is your area of expertise then go ahead and give it a go.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Justice Game

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Randy Singer
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    In The Justice Game by Christy Award-winning author Randy Singer, a brutal murder triggers a gun-rights debate with wide-ranging consequences. When a man guns down a pregnant reporter on live TV, her husband sues the manufacturer of the killer's firearm. As opposing lawyers ignite the courtroom with their eloquence and theatrics, a shadowy cabal threatens the advocates and the justice they seek.

    Veneziana2000 says: "book club selection"
    "Anti-Second Amendment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Justice Game?

    If you want the freedom to protect yourself this is not the book for you. It is simply a book that recommends that we abolish the 2nd amendment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1090)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Construction Manual"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A carpenter


    What could James Wesley Rawles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    write a real novel. How about a plot, characters and a story line.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This was an expensive construction manual. There is no story or characters. The premise sounds interesting but that is all. If you want to read how to build a fortress this is your book otherwise buy a real novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Third Degree

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    Laurel Shields, 35 and mother of two, awakens to find that her husband, Warren, a prominent local physician, is not in bed with her. Creeping out to the kitchen of their palatial home, she sees him through the doorway of his study, wildly pulling books from the shelves.

    The Wife says: "Most suspenseful!"
    "If I Wanted a Soap Opera I Would Watch TV"
    Overall
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    Could not get through an hour. This book should have been in romance section.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Shunryu Suzuki
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (191)

    Shunryu Suzuki was a direct spiritual descendant of the renowned 13th-century Zen master Dogen, and his hugely influential Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind ranks with the great classics of Zen literature. Suzuki's clear, coherent translation of ancient beliefs and principles miraculously leaves all the subtleties of Zen intact, while adapting the language to modern sensibilities.

    David says: "superb"
    "Expecting Something More Explanatory"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The reading was fine and I believe this is one of those choices where I bear the burden. I was looking for an abc book on Zen and this tomb exceeded was a little above my expectations

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hollywood Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    When Nate and Bix Rumstead (a supposedly upstanding cop with serious sobriety issues) find themselves caught up with bombshell Margot Aziz, they think they're just having some fun. But in Hollywood, nothing is ever what it seems.

    Christopher Williams says: "Laugh out loud funny and deadly serious"
    "Joke Book Not A Mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Should have been placed in the comedy section. A series of slightly funny stories does not a mystery make.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Simple Act of Violence

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By R. J. Ellory
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Washington, embroiled in midterm elections, did not want to hear the truth about an unsettling series of murders. But when the newspapers reported a fourth killing, when they gave the killer a name and details of his horrendous crimes, few people could ignore it.

    Donald Lopes says: "Narrator African American Accent"
    "Narrator African American Accent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although the narrator is quite eloquent his unexpected changes to an African American accent are disconcerting. I do not mean slang, the diction is fine, I mean minor variations such as vowel lowering, consonant clusters, etc. that would lead one to believe that an African American was speaking. It is only mildly disturbing but does have an impact on the novel. At one point you think the lead character is African American and at other times you don't. It is not restricted to the lead but moves in and out of various characters at no particular time.

    The novel was excellent and I will purchase other novels by R.J. Ellory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Afraid of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Grippando
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Then: Sergeant Vince Paulo held his best friend's daughter, McKenna, bleeding in his arms as she uttered the name of her murderer and ex-boyfriend, Jamal. That was minutes before a blast made everything go black for Vince - forever. Now: Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck has been called in to save Jamal from the death penalty for terrorist activity. Despite urgent warnings from his fiancee, undercover FBI agent Andie Henning, to stay away from the case, Jack finds himself inextricably drawn to Jamal's past - even believing his alibi that he was abducted....

    Amazon Customer says: "great read with a lott of surprises along the way"
    "Left Wing Propaganda"
    Overall

    If I wanted to listen to leftist rhetoric I could watch one of Obama's speeches on television

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful

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